The UP College of Music showcases two concerts in Abelardo Hall Auditorium that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the College’s curricular offerings. On Thursday February 28, 6:30 pm, the resident East Asian ensembles of the Department of Musicology will present a memorable concert, in tune with the spirit of the changing season, featuring the College’s Korean percussion ensemble samulnori, Chinese music ensemble sizhu and Japanese koto ensemble. In the following Thursday, March 7, 6:30 pm, the guitar faculty of the Department of Strings and Chamber Music then take their turn in an evening of solo and chamber guitar masterpieces in a concert titled “Kalabit ng Kalabit.”
Made up of four percussion instruments, Korean samulnori is traditional festive “farmer’s music,” one type of which has evolved into a music performed in the modern concert stage. UP’s samulnori is directed by Korean doctoral student in music, MiHyun Oh and is the only ensemble of its kind in the Philippines. This is similar to the UP Koto Ensemble, which music is taught only in UP Diliman. The UP Koto Ensemble is directed by Raissa Pineda-Odi who is the only Filipino Koto artist with a license conferred by the Nishijima family in Tokyo. The Chinese music ensemble is under the direction of Filipino Chinese Vic Ongsiako. This and the Korean and Japanese ensembles will play a program consisting of music with a wide gamut of moods and expressions, from dynamic festival music (samulnori and koto ensembles) to serene and eloquent picturesque music by the Chinese ensemble such as “Night Festival Song,” “Butterfly Lovers,” “New Life,” and even the Filipino “Sampaguita.”
In the guitar concert on March 7, the four guitar teachers of the College such as Lester Demetillo, Jose Valdez, Nathan Manimtim, and Solaiman Jamisolamin will interpret original works by Dyens (Côté Sud), Kleynjans (Sonate “Oceano Nox”), York (Bantu, Quiccan) as well as transcription of works by J.S. Bach (Sonate BWV 1031) Ravel (Pavane), and Dvorak (Slavonic Dance). Lester Demetillo and José Valdez are icons in the art of classical guitar playing in the country, while Nathan Manimtim and Solaiman Jamisolamin are young guitar teachers of the College. Nathan Manimtim recently received his master’s degree in music from Illinois State University.
Admission ticket to the February 28 concert is Php 150 pesos, while the March 7 is Php 200. Students with valid IDs are entitled to 50 percent discount and senior citizens, 20%. For details, please call Josie Baradas at 929-6963 or 982-85-00 loc. 2639.